I never watched but a few of the episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond and never in a million years would I have thought it was in anyway Romish, Jim. Like I said in my post I don't watch much TV to know much of anything about any of these shows. Didn't realize Miley Cyrus came from a Pentecostal Church..interesting because my husband's family are Pentecostal and I was judged for a lot by them from hair to make- up to allowing my kids to play sports..my daughter is 5'3" tall and played basketball..was aiways on first string. She would later go to college to become a coach. I could not for the life of me see what was wrong with playing sports..my boys played football, baseball made All Stars..I loved sports also and played sofeball, volleyball and soccer.
Thank you, Dorcas, and all the that gave condolences on the death of my sister..we were avery small family.. i was a late in life baby, my sister was 16 when I was born..she was very important to me. My mom died in 1980 and my dad in 1988. All my aunts and uncles all have passed on from both sides, that made her death even harder.It's such a comfort to have true Christian friends to stand wih us.
Btw, John, I was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and had a friend that her parents sent her to a Catholic School called Sacred Heart Academy but can't remember the city it was in. I wanted to go so bad with her but my mom didn't want me leaving home so she bought me a car..I have always regretted not going.
John Y..I have watched Everybody Loves Raymond..very funny and wholesome I thought..never watched The Middle, I'll try to catch that one,also. Yes, I know Threes Company was not that bad compared to what we see now ( that's why they laugh about it now..actually it was very funny.)
I did listen to the sermon False Profession and this preacher confirmed what I already believed but in a way I had never heard before..comparing the false professers to having no fruit just as the fig tree had leaves and looked good from a distance but when Jesus got closer to get figs to eat because He was hungry there was none so Jesus cursed the barren tree..also am glad to hear someone say we can't judge a person because we don't know their heart but we can inspect their fruit. Great sermon.
Actually, John Y..it!s a DVD but I saw the movie on TV's Lifetime. That's interesting that you have the 16mm projector and the movies..with the older tv series. Very hard for me to find anything worth watching anymore..I miss Gillian's Island, I Love Lucy and many others. My kids laugh about me not allowing them to watch Three's Company becsuse it was so bad. The only one on tv that they were not allowed to watch. Times have changed..now it's dvds, cds and trying to find a good show that I feel comfortable watching!!
Hi Chris, I thought your comment really good..seems most agree on the basics of salvation..makes me wonder how we all got on this and why..maybe someone reading this forum is seaching for answers? Who knows. Your post on the Billy Graham thread helped me see something about my sister that I had been thinking about..that maybe something God was trying to help me with.I left a comment if you ever get back there.
Chris,just read your post and thanks so much for commenting on my sister and deep down inside I believe what you are saying is so true. That's why you will hear me over and say I cannot Judge a person only God can do that..what said is so from God to me because I have been praying for an assurance she made it into heaven..she did know Jesus as her Saviour and there are circumstances of why aperson does what they do that God alone sees and understands..now I'm crying because I sense His prrsence as He tries to comfort me with this..I loved herso much and want to see her again someday.
I really do see what you are saying and you are right that an alter call does not necessiarly mean salvation for that person. My sister who passed away last week, went to church every Sunday with her family but there was never a change in her sinful behavior..affairs etc. When I tried to talk to her about it she always said, "I went to the alter at whatever age,( she never said ) So I'm thankfuL for all of your concern here that I know the truth. I was called by God and like Penny said, I repented of my sins ( even at a young age I knew I sinned and knew I was lost..it was God that convicted me , I repented, believed that Jesus saved me, got baptized and He alone gave me a different desire than I had..I wanted to serve Him,not do wrong things that would displease Him..sin was distasteful to me in others as well as myself..and He has kept all these years..not by works lest I should boast but by His grace alone.Love all of you as sisters and brothers in Christ.
One of the most beautiful and meaningful paintings that I love is the one of Jesus standing at the door of a house knocking. There was no door knob on the door. Someone asked the artist why this was so. He said because the door could only be opened from the inside just as Jesus knocks on the door of our heart and only we can answer that invitation for Him to come into our lives..only we can open that door. I thought of that picture as I was thinking of all the comments made..it's as if God was reassuring me of this truth..I have been through a lot of pain in my lifetime and suffering ..Jesus brought me through it all and I'm still standing firm on Him and His promise to never leave me. I really believe He leads and guides me in this life..I'm not depending on my own righteousness to get me to heaven but only His death on the cross and His righteouness given to me is the only thing God sees when He looks at me. That's my testimony not some theolgy that I believe.
Penny, you said that so well and explained how I feel exactly and right to the point as usual. No one should misunderstand what you posted even those who might be reading these posts that never comment..have a blessed day sister.
Thanks so much for your comment b4real..now I understand why you found truth that is so important to you and feel bad that I just didn't understand..my daughter is a lesbian but I love her and she understands how I feel about the sin of it and all..love to you also.
Adding one more comment and I realize there will be some explanation you will have ..did God give Adam and Eve free will in the garden of Eden..Gen:2 v.16And the Lord God commanded the man saying,"Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat v.17 "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die". Now did God give him a choice or not. He gave him what the consquences would be if he disobeyed which he chose to ignore..yes we have a way of escape through the power of the Holy Spirit when we are tempted but we can choose to sin anyway..David did as we all know. Yeas the Holy Spirit draws us to Christ but we can make a choice to obey that wooing which I did, or you can make a choice to reject the Spirits calling to come ( which my husband has done for all these years) I know I am saved because I have His Spirit within me giving me witness that I belong to Him..I am so thankful God is my Judge and not people.
By the way to all the rest you still haven't told me what Church is the right one to go to..you've already told me the wrong ones..I know most of those..now tell me what church has all the right answers and doctrines.
Thanks to GS and John Y..you are the only ones that actually answered my question.. I was only trying to point out another side to the gay issue..the parents that have to deal with it..that's all and if I missed someone thanks to you also..believe me, I hope and pray that none of you have to deal with this ever!
You know I felt saved until I started reading comments on this forum..now I Have to read KJv of the Bible..sing the psalms only or you not truly worshipping..can't be emotional but have brokeness before God over your sins have to go to a certain Church..still trying to figure that one out because all I've heard is theone u shouldn't go to..can't respond to Christ's invituation to accept Him as your Saviour because He made us to where all we have to do is believe which is exactly what James said that even the devil did and trembled..got to be more to it than that. All you Bible Scholars look that scripture up and tellme what James meant exactly. I see a lot of debating on here and pride and judgmental attitudes ..are you sure you are saved. Please help me out here because I don't want to be lost because I didn't say the right words or follow the right steps..gee, I thought we had a free will to accept or reject Jesus as Saviour,oops there goes that word again..
FYI..I've never really thought about the wording it all means the same to me. My dictionary defines accept; to receive( something offered) 2. Receive with approval or favor. When I was 12 yrs old at the closing of Vacation Bible School the pastor gave all of us the invitation to come to to alter and accept Christ as Savior. The day was beautiful with the sun streaming through the windows and I felt so strongly that I wanted to do this. It was an emotional time for me and I prayed for Him to come into my heart. I know now that what I actually did was to accept that He died on the cross and shed His blood to save me from all my sins past, present and future that is if I repent and ask His forgivenss..which I've had to do many times. He is very much Lord of my life.